Type: Book

Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming


Dr Peter Kevan is Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Professor Kevan is internationally renowned for his research on the biology and conservation of bees and other pollinators, with over 200 publications on these topics. Amongst other honours, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Entomological Society and the Royal Society of Biology. Dr Susan Willis Chan works in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph where she conducts research in entomology, ecology and biology, as well as working with Canadian farmers on conserving pollinators. Susan is a species expert on the ground-nesting hoary squash bee and has a strong interest in all aspects of agroecology.



Publication date:

Q4 2022

Length of book:

500 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801460989

Hardback - £160.00
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It’s been reported that up to 95% of all flowering plants require additional help during the pollination process. Pollinator species, including bees, aid this process through transferring pollen grains from flower to flower. However, in light of the growing evidence of global declines in pollinator species, the management, ecology and conservation of wild and managed pollinators is a subject of growing importance and research activity.

Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming reviews the wealth of research on our current understanding of existing pollination processes and their importance to our global ecosystems. The book considers how pollinators interact with plants, as well as the major threats to pollinator species, including climate change, diseases and pesticide exposure.

Through its comprehensive exploration of the current status of pollinators in farming, the book provides its readers with the knowledge required to promote pollination by protecting the world’s pollinators species and the ecosystem services they deliver using techniques such as habitat conservation.

Key features

  • Reviews recent advances in understanding pollination dynamics and the role of plant-pollinator relationships in agro-ecosystems 
  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of the major threats to economically important pollinators, including the impact of climate change and disease threat 
  • Explores best practices for the protection of key pollinators and the ecosystem services they deliver

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding pollinators and pollination
1.What is pollination and what are pollinators in agriculture?: Lynn Adler, University of Massachusetts, USA;
2.Pollination, crop production and agricultural productivity: Dino Martins, Princeton University, USA;
3.Advances in understanding crop plant-pollinator interactions: olfactory attractants: Philip Stevenson, University of Greenwich, UK;
4.The role of wind-pollinated plants in plant-pollinator networks: Stephen Murphy, University of Waterloo, Canada;

Part 2 Threats to pollinators
5.Assessing climate change impacts on pollinators: Kit Prendergast, Curtin University/Forrest Foundation, Australia;
6.Assessing the impact of disease on pollinators: Rob Paxton, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany;
7.Assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators: Christian Maus, Bayer Bee Care Center, Germany;
8.Assessing the impact of introduced species of pollinators on agricultural production: Benoit Geslin, IMBE-CNRS/University of Avignon, France;

Part 3 Promoting pollinators and pollination
9.The role of habitat conservation/restoration in protecting pollinators in agricultural landscapes: Stephen Buchmann, University of Arizona/formerly USDA-ARS, USA;
10.Altering crop management practices to promote pollinators: Jose Franco, USDA-ARS, USA;
11.Landscape approaches to promoting pollinators in agriculture: Darren Evans, Newcastle University, UK;
12.Designing integrated pest management (IPM) programmes to protect pollinators and promote pollination for agricultural productivity: Dave Biddinger, Penn State University, USA;
13.Entomovectoring/apivectoring: using pollinators to spread biocontrol agents: Guy Smagghe, Ghent University, Belgium;
14.The use of managed bee populations to provide pollination services: Elina Lastro Nino, University of California-Davis, USA;